On the 17th July 2016 “The Gyosei Art Trail” was launched.

At 3pm on Sunday 17th the Gyosei Art Trail was formally launched.

Gyosei Art Trail commemorates the legacy of Gyosei International School UK. The Japanese co-educational boarding school and playing fields closed in 2002 and the site at Willen Park South was redeveloped as; Lovat Fields Village and a housing scheme.

The developer, Barratt Homes Northampton, was legally required to make a total Section 106 contribution of £3,802,833. Used to support bus services, education, a new rugby sports ground, canal path improvements, community facilities, develop new Parks Trust land, improve 3 play areas, and provide £60,000 for Public Art close to the site – The Gyosei Art Trail.

Local residents made a great contribution by choosing the themes for the artworks – local wildlife, canal history and connections with Japan.

To see both the artworks on display and to find out details about the artists click here.

David Stabler - Lead Councillor Gyosei Art Trail and Public Arts Trust, Milton Keynes trustee.


Unveiling of  a memorial to Edna Read

A sculpture by the internationally recognised Scottish artist Ronald Rae is set to be unveiled as the memorial to Edna Read (1929-2012) at Campbell Park, Milton Keynes MK94AD. 

“Animals in War Memorial” will be unveiled by Sir Charles Robert Saumarez Smith CBE – the Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

Ronald donated this sculpture to the people of Milton Keynes as the permanent memorial to Edna Read.

The Public Arts Trust, Milton Keynes working with partners Bletchley ParkThe Parks Trust and MK Council moved this large (6 ton) sculpture, as well as “War Veteran“, across Milton Keynes. See images of the move >>

Information about Edna (Text taken from The development of Public Art in Milton Keynes _ Edna Read

Obituary written By Bob Chaundy for the Times – Nov 2012. Edna Eguchi Read Obituary


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Past Exhibitions

14th September 2011 – Inaugural Sculpture Exhibition – thecentre:mk

Supported by  Kimbells solicitors – celebrating 25 years in Milton Keynes

Supported by thecentre:mk - shopping centre where choice is bliss 

The Public Arts Trust’s official launch coincided with an exhibition of sculpture in the North Mall of thecentre:mk. This ran from 14th September 2011 into 2012  for approximately 6 months and features artists whose work is displayed publically around Milton Keynes. It also introduces a number of sculptors who have work in exhibitions and collections around the world.

The exhibition was curated by Johann Bester of Bedford Street Gallery, Woburn – who can be contacted with any queries about sales of works.

Johann also is instrumental in creating the Woburn Artbeat art galley/ sculpture exhibition in Woburn and Woburn Abbey.

Artists who exhibited included:

John Brown, Frederic Chevarin ARBS, Len Gifford, Steven Gregory, Philip Jackson MA FRBS FRSA, Linda Johns, Robert Koenig, Jonathan Loxley, Tonderai Mashaya, Thomas Ostenberg, Peter Randall-Page, Michael Sandle RA, Helen Sinclair ARBS, Ray Smith, Paul Vanstone, Nicolas Moreton

Download prices for artworks which were on display: PAT-MK Exhibition price list

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